Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Speirs

an “officer with a reputation”

In a military career spanning 22 years, Speirs has been lauded as a hero, embroiled in controversy and celebrated in both print and TV. This website looks at the real man behind the reputation.

Lieutenant Colonel RONALD C. SPEIRS


One of the most famous Operations in military history, Ronald Speirs played a key part in the D Day battles in Normandy.

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This plan to capture strategic bridges in Nazi-Holland, failed to achieve it's main objective and is the root of the phrase “a bridge too far”.

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A desperately cold and ill-equipped battle – but one which won the entire 101st Airborne the US Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation.

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General soldiering duties in a weakened Germany culminated in the occupation of Hitler's Eagle's Nest by the men of Easy Company.

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